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Emerita is a member of the Arco Iris (“Rainbow”) Village Bank. She is 36 years old and is married with two children. Emerita has a store in her home in the Cuchipampa neighborhood where she sells dry goods, vegetables and fruits. Her daughters run the store in the mornings while Emerita sells fruit from a mobile cart in the Nery Garcia Market, and Emerita runs the store in the afternoons. Emerita and her husband also grow potatoes on a plot of land they rent. Emerita needs a loan of $650 to invest in potatoes for planting. Emerita dreams of improving and expanding her business, and that her children may graduate with professional degrees and grow up to have better lives than she and her husband.

Translated from Spanish by Cynthia McMurry, Kiva fellow.

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About FINCA Peru

This loan is administered by FINCA Peru, one of Kiva’s Field Partners in Peru. FINCA Peru is dedicated to empowering socially and economically disadvantaged women in Peru, contributing to the development of their families, and building sustainable communities.

In 1990, FINCA Peru began by lending to a small group of women widowed by the Shining Path terrorist movement in Ayacucho. Beyond loans and financial services, FINCA offers business development training, personal and family development training, gender empowerment sessions, life insurance products, and financial and social literacy sessions for the children of borrowers. Visit FINCA Peru’s Kiva Field Partner page to learn more.

About Peru

  • $12,000
    Average annual income
  • 120
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    Peru Loans Fundraising
  • $60,151,175
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 3.1
    Peru Nuevos Soles (PEN) = $1 USD